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2020 Democrats’ Supreme Obstruction

- July 12, 2018

2020 Democrats’ Supreme Obstruction

2020 Democrat Hopefuls’ Hypocrisy Is On Full Display In Their Complete Obstruction Of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • As soon as Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, Democrats posturing to run for president in 2020 began announcing they opposed and would obstruct any nominee put forth by President Trump.
  • Despite widespread praise from political pundits that have lauded Judge Kavanaugh as a “very confirmable pick” who has “punched all the tickets,” 2020 Democrats joined far-left protestors immediately following his nomination and rallied them with inflammatory language.
    • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rallied the protestors to “raise our voices” and “fight.”
    • Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) asked protestors if they were “ready for a fight?”
    • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) told the protestors that stopping the nomination will require “fighting as hard as we can.”
  • The 2020 Democrats, who once claimed delaying a U.S. Supreme Court nomination is irresponsible, are now insisting on delaying hearings for Judge Kavanaugh until after the midterm elections.
    • In 2016, Senator Warren suggested that reviewing judicial nominees on anything other than their qualifications undermines the integrity of the courts, but now suggests completely obstructing the Kavanaugh nomination and delaying hearings until after the midterm elections.
    • In 2016, Senator Gillibrand said the Senate has a constitutional duty to consider Supreme Court nominations, but now demands “unwavering” opposition from fellow democrats to postpone and obstruct Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.
    • Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) called on fellow Senators to do “everything we can” to delay filling Justice Kennedy’s vacancy until after the mid-terms, but in the past has said doing so is unconstitutional and that “elections have consequences.”
    • Senator Sanders called on the Senate to delay Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after the midterms, but in 2016 argued a president has the “right to nominate whoever he wants” and refusing to hold hearings was “unprecedented.”
    • Before President Trump even announced his nominee, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) called on the U.S. Senate to delay any hearings until after the midterms, but in 2016 warned a months-long vacancy on the Court would create “an enormous void and uncertainty for our justice system.”

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DESPITE RECEIVING WIDESPREAD PRAISE FOR BEING A QUALIFIED JURIST, 2020 DEMOCRATS SEEK TO OBSTRUCT JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH

Political Pundits Lauded Judge Kavanaugh As A “Very Confirmable Pick” Who Has “Punched All The Tickets”

NBC’s Chuck Todd Praised Judge Kavanaugh As A “Very Confirmable Pick.” NBC’s CHUCK TODD: “Lester, I think they are. I mean look, I think in his confirmation hearings you are going to hear a lot about that. You'll hear a lot about some of the work he did in his political background, his sort of pre-legal background on that front. Yes, I think the idea of whether a sitting president can be subject of a criminal inquiry. Judge Kavanaugh worked for Ken Starr and has written a review article that basically says in hindsight, we distracted President Clinton too much and he should have been able to focus on getting for instance Osama bin Laden at the time. But let me tell you this overall Lester, I think this is a pick, that is a very confirmable pick. Brett Kavanaugh has already gotten the support once of the two moderate Republican Senators Murkowski and Collins, he’ll likely get it again.” (NBC News, “Special Report,” 7/9/18)

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Called Judge Kavanaugh “Someone Who [Has] Punched All The Tickets,” And “Cut Of That Same Cloth” As Current Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. MSNBC’S RACHEL MADDOW:  “This President has not been in office a year and a half yet and making his second supreme court nominee. Now with Pete reporting - NBC News reporting that it is Brett Kavanaugh. This is someone who has been the subject of really, really hard fought confirmation hearings before. What is your reaction to this?” MSNBC’s CHRIS HAYES: “My reaction, twofold. One, I'm not surprised. It seemed like this was the most Gorsuch like pick of the bunch. Someone who had punched all the tickets. All the elite credentials and who has spent his life in conservative right wing legal circles in which people can be to get a suitor. There is an entire infrastructure built up on the right to create processes, associations, pipelines of cultivation, to make sure that they get conservative justices appointed by Republicans who end up ruling in ways that align with their policy preferences and their constitutional theories and they've gotten very good at it. Gorsuch has performed the first few years on the court and I think Kavanaugh is cut of that same cloth.” (MSNBC’s, “All In With Chris Hayes,” 7/9/18)

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NPR’s Nina Totenberg Called Judge Kavanaugh “Enormously Skilled,” “A Very Graceful, Gracious Nominee,” And The Picture Of “Potentially A Very Influential Member Of The United States Supreme Court.” NPR’s NINA TOTENBERG: “I think that this is from the President’s point of view and from the point of view of conservatives, this is a smart choice, you saw a very graceful, gracious nominee, not nearly as stiff as Neil Gorsuch was at his announcement hearing. Someone who is used to Washington, who has already been mauled by the Senate Judiciary Committee at least once, and someone who is likely to be able to handle it. On the other hand, if he's confirmed, one assumes that he will be an enormously influential member of the court and very quickly. If you have already written 300 opinions in the D.C. circuit which handles the big regulatory cases, which handles the big separation of powers cases. True, he hasn't actually ruled specifically on Roe v. Wade, but he has ruled on a whole bunch of other stuff, and they conceive he will be able to carry the water and in some ways he doesn’t have to carry that heavy a pail of water if you got five very conservative members of the court which you now do.” MSNBC’s RACHEL MADDOW: “Nina in terms of his expected role, what have we learned about him over the course of his 12 years in terms of his -- not just his temperament and ideological place on the number line, but his skill as a jurist and the way he works with other judges?” TOTENBERG: “He is, as I said, enormously skilled, and very conservative jurist who as far as I can tell gets along with his colleagues very well, can slice the salami very well and is something of a team player and not, sort of, a rogue on your own I'll dissent from everything in whatever small ways I don’t agree person. That is the picture of somebody who is potentially a very influential member of the United States Supreme Court.” (MSNBC’s, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” 7/9/18)

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Before They Even Knew Who The Nominee Was, 2020 Democrats Were Already Rallying For Obstruction With The Far-Left

Democratic Lawmakers Joined Hundreds Of Protesters At A Supreme Court Rally “To Protest President Trump’s Nomination.” “Democratic lawmakers and hundreds of protesters rallied at the Supreme Court late Monday evening to protest President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the high court. Kavanaugh, if confirmed by the Senate, will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement was announced June 27. If Republicans remain unified in their support of Trump’s pick, Democratic senators have no real options to stop the nomination.” (Jesus Rodriguez, “Hundreds Protest Kavanaugh’s Nomination Outside Supreme Court,” The Hill, 7/9/18)

The Rally Began “Shortly After” President Trump’s Announcement To Appoint Judge Kavanaugh To The Supreme Court. “10:30 p.m. Democratic lawmakers and liberal groups are holding a raucous late-night rally on the steps of the Supreme Court to oppose President Trump's nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The rally began shortly after Trump's 9 p.m. Monday announcement and included chants of ‘Hell no on Kavanaugh.’ The speakers say the nominee poses a threat to abortion rights and health care protections.” (“The Latest On President Donald Trump's Nomination Of A Supreme Court Justice,” The Associated Press, 7/9/18)

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) And Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Attended The Rally Outside The Court. “Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.). Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) were vehement in their rejection of Kavanaugh outside the court on Monday night.” (Jesus Rodriguez, “Hundreds Protest Kavanaugh’s Nomination Outside Supreme Court,” The Hill, 7/9/18)

Warren Rallied The Far-Left Protestors To “Raise Our Voices” And “Fight.” “Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Ma., says she will not support Kavanaugh's nomination and will vote no. ‘Now the attention turns to the United States Senate and the Senate needs to hear from you,’ Warren told the protesters. ‘Our job is to raise our voices I know this will be hard but we didn’t get into this fight because we thought it would be easy.’” (Caroline Simon, “Hundreds Protest At The Supreme Court After Trump Nominates Kavanaugh,” USA Today, 7/9/18)

Sanders Joined Protesters Outside Of The Supreme Court, Asking Them If They Were “Ready For A Fight?” ‘“Are you ready for a fight? Are you ready to defend Roe v. Wade?’ Sanders said. ‘This is a tough fight but it is a fight that we can win . . . We have the American people on our side, now we have to go state by state by state to make sure senators do what their constituents want.”’ (Larry Celona, “Protests Break Out After Trump’s Supreme Court Pick,” New York Post, 7/10/18)

Gillibrand Called On Protestors To Keep “Fighting” Against President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee. “We all know what’s at stake with Kavanaugh’s nomination: The freedom for women to make our own choices. Equal rights. Civil rights. All of the values we hold most dear. Stopping this will take all of us, fighting as hard as we can, raising our voices again and again.” (Kirsten Gillibrand, Twitter Feed, 7/9/18)

Booker Admitted He Was “Well On The Record” Saying He Would Oppose Any Trump Nominee.  “Has @CoryBooker already decided to vote against Brett Kavanaugh? ‘I'm well on the record already with saying that, before it was even Kavanaugh, that this is a very problematic constitutional moment for this country,’ he tells @JudyWoodruff.” (PBS NewsHour, Twitter Feed, 7/9/18)

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING JUSTICE KENNEDY’S RETIREMENT, 2020 DEMOCRATS SIGNALED THEY WOULD OBSTRUCT ANY NOMINEE PRESIDENT TRUMP CHOSE

In The Past, Warren Suggested Judicial Nominees Should Be Evaluated On Qualifications Such As Years Of Experience, But Is Now Calling On The Senate To Delay Judge Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

Warren Said That President Trump’s Short List Of Supreme Court Nominees “Was Hand-Picked By Right Wing Extremists.” “@realDonaldTrump’s short list of Supreme Court nominees was hand-picked by right-wing extremists who want to criminalize abortions and punish women who have them. Roe v. Wade. That’s #WhatsAtStake here.” (Elizabeth Warren, Twitter Feed, 7/1/18)

Warren Encouraged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell To Delay Hearings Until After The Midterm Elections. “Mitch McConnell should follow the Mitch McConnell rule. Let the American people have a say when women’s health and equal rights are on the line.” (Elizabeth Warren, Twitter Feed, 6/27/18)

In 2016, Warren Criticized Republicans For Not Allowing A Vote For An Obama Nominee And Called The Confirmation Of A Supreme Court Justice “One Of The Most Solemn And Consequential Tasks That Our Government Performs.” SENATOR WARREN: “Mr. President there’s a vacancy on the most important court in America, and the message from Senate Republicans is crystal clear: forget the Constitution, it doesn’t matter who President Obama nominates, because the Republicans will allow no votes on that nominee. They will hold no hearings on that nominee. Their response to one of the most solemn and consequential tasks that our government performs, the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice, will be to pretend that that nominee and President Obama himself simply do not exist. Cannot see them, cannot hear them.” (Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Remarks On The Senate Floor, Washington, D.C., 3/9/16)

In 2016, Warren Suggested That Reviewing Judicial Nominees On Anything Other Than Their Qualifications Undermines The Integrity Of The Courts. SENATOR WARREN: “For these district court nominees, the U.S. Senate should be asking one question and one question only: Are these judges qualified or are they not qualified? That is it. But that is not what is happening in the U.S. Senate. Instead, good people twist in the wind, hung up as political hostages, and that is undermining the integrity of our courts.” (Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Congressional Record, 6/8/16, S.3613)

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Warren Has Previously Measured Judges Based On “Years Of Experience.” “I was very pleased to recommend Chief Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin to the President for nomination to a District Court vacancy in Boston,’ Warren said. ‘His years of experience as a Magistrate Judge with the U.S. District Court and his long service as a public defender will improve the professional diversity of our courts. He is highly qualified to serve on the federal bench, and will be an outstanding District Court judge.”’ (Press Release, “Senator Warren Applauds Nomination Of Judge Leo T. Sorkokin To U.S. District Court,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 12/20/13)

In 2016, Gillibrand Said The U.S. Senate Has A Constitutional Duty To Consider Supreme Court Nominations, But Now Demands “Unwavering” Opposition From Fellow Democrats To Postpone And Obstruct Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination

Gillibrand Has Called On President Trump To Ditch His List Of Potential Supreme Court Candidates, Arguing That They Would Tilt The Court. “Now that there is a vacancy, after the Garland heist, the balance of the court will be tilted even more against women's, workers', and civil rights for decades to come if the president nominates 1 of the 25 judges that passed his litmus tests. We need to #ditchthelist now.” (Kirsten Gillibrand, Twitter Feed, 6/27/18)

After Justice Kennedy Announced His Retirement, Gillibrand Responded That Democrats “Need To Say NO Hearings Before The Election.” “The President just said the next Supreme Court nominee WILL come from his list of 25 judges that passed his overturning Roe v. Wade litmus test. We need to say NO hearings before the election and work our hearts out and take back the Senate.” (Kirsten Gillibrand, Twitter Feed, 6/27/18)

Gillibrand Demanded “Unwavering” Opposition To Trump’s Nominee, And Challenged That “The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn.” “Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) took turns at the microphone to demand unwavering opposition to Trump’s nominee. ‘The battle lines have been drawn,’ Gillibrand said, shouting at the top of her lungs at the rally. ‘Which side are you on? The extraordinary scene underscored the divide in the Democratic Party, pitting the centrists facing reelection this year against the possible 2020 hopefuls. Liberals fear Trump’s pick would solidify the conservative court for generations, overturning decisions on abortion rights, gay rights, health care and the environment.” (Sean Sullivan, “‘Which Side Are You On?’: Liberals Pressure Centrist Democrats On Trump’s Court Pick,” The Washington Post, 6/28/18)

In 2016, Gillibrand Tweeted That Senate Has A “Constitutional Duty” To Consider A Judge’s Nomination To The Supreme Court. “The Senate has a constitutional duty to consider Judge Garland’s nomination, I’m hopeful he’ll get a hearing & full Senate vote.” (Kirsten Gillibrand, Twitter Feed, 3/30/16)

Gillibrand Called McConnell’s Decision Not To Hold Hearings For Judge Garland A “Heist.” “Now that there is a vacancy, after the Garland heist, the balance of the court will be tilted even more against women's, workers', and civil rights for decades to come if the president nominates 1 of the 25 judges that passed his litmus tests. We need to #ditchthelist now.” (Kirsten Gillibrand, Twitter Feed, 6/27/18)

Booker Called On Fellow Senators To Do “Everything We Can” To Delay Filling Justice Kennedy’s Vacancy Until After The MidTerms, But In The Past Said Has Doing So Is Unconstitutional And That “Elections Have Consequences”

After Justice Kennedy Announced His Decision To Retire, Booker Tweeted That Democrats Should Do “Everything” They Can “To Stop A Nomination From Moving Forward,” Until The Fall Midterms.  “McConnell should apply his own standard to this vacancy and wait for the American people to have their say in the fall election before bringing a nominee before the Senate. If not, those of us in the Senate should do everything we can to stop a nomination from moving forward.” (Sen. Cory Booker, Twitter Feed, 6/27/18)

In March 2016, Booker Lamented That If A Republican President Were In The Office That He Would Fight For An Up Or Down Vote On Their Nomination Just Like For Merrick Garland. SEN. CORY BOOKER (D-NJ): “I don’t know the state traditions and the like, but I’m a big believer if the situation was reversed, and there was a Republican president in the last year on the federal level, I would be calling — just like some Republican senators have. I just listened to Sen. Collins from Maine saying we should be giving this person a hearing and an up or down vote. To not do so is violative of the United States Constitution.” (Michael Aron, “Sen. Cory Booker Discusses Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland,” NJTV News, 3/18/16)

In 2016, Booker Acknowledged That “Elections Have Consequences.” SENATOR CORY BOOKER (D-NJ): “Elections have consequences and we all need to understand that. And so, I don't care about Obama coalition. Name it whatever you want.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 11/13/16)

During A Quorum Call, Booker Said That “Americans Have Already Had Their Say By Electing 100 Senators To Hold A Hearing And Electing Obama To Serve Eight Years As President” Which Entrusted The Current Members The Duty To Do Their Jobs. “According to Booker however, Americans have already had their say by electing 100 senators to hold a hearing and electing Obama to serve eight years as president. ‘The people have already decided,’ said Booker during the quorum call. ‘They decided when they voted for a hundred members that we should do our jobs. They decided when they voted for president Obama. The people decided in the democracy when they elected us.’” (Alyana Alfaro, “Booker Pleads With Senate To Give Judge Garland A Hearing,” Observer, 3/17/16)

Sanders Believes That The Senate Should Wait Until After The Midterms To Move Forward With Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, But In 2016, Argued A President Has The “Right To Nominate Whoever He Wants”

Sanders Said The Senate “Should Not Confirm, A Supreme Court Justice Until The American People Have Had The Opportunity to Make Their Voices Heard In November.” “We should listen to what Sen. McConnell said in 2016. President Trump should not nominate, and the Senate should not confirm, a Supreme Court justice until the American people have had the opportunity to make their voices heard in November. (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Twitter Feed, 6/27/18)

In 2016, Sanders Argued, “The President Has The Right To Nominate Whoever He Wants,” And Called Obstruction Of The President’s Nominee “Absolutely Wrong.” SANDERS: “No, no, based on what you just told me and what we know to be the case. What I have said, is, you know, the president has the right to nominate whoever he wants, and I will support that nomination. What Republicans continue to do is obstruct, obstruct, obstruct and that is absolutely wrong.” (“Bernie Sanders The Young Turks Interview (Full),” The Young Turks, 3/23/16)

Sanders Urged Republican Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) To Hold Confirmation Hearings Immediately On Garland And Said “President Obama Has Done His Job,” And That It Was “Time For Republicans To Do Thiers.” President Obama has done his job. It’s time for Republicans to do theirs. I call on Sen. Grassley to hold confirmation hearings immediately and for Leader McConnell to bring the nomination to floor of the Senate if Judge Garland is approved by the Judiciary Committee.” (Josh Voorhees and Leon Neyfakh, “How Washington and Everyone Else Is Reacting to President Obama’s SCOTUS Pick,” Slate, 3/16/16)

Sanders On The Confirmation Of Judge Garland Said, “The President Of The United States Has The Right To Nominate Someone To Be A Justice Of The Supreme Court.” SANDERS: “The President of the United States has the right to nominate someone to be a justice of the Supreme Court. Sanders Said The “Senate’s Function Was To Hold Hearings And To Vote” And Warned Republicans Would Pay A “Very Heavy Political Price” For Obstructing A Supreme Court Nomination Hearing. “The senate’s function is to hold hearings and to vote. I think the republicans will pay a very heavy political price if they continue to obstruct on this issue.” (MSNBCS’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” 3/17/16)

Sanders Called “Refusing To Hold Hearings” On The President’s Nominee “Unprecedented.” “Judge Garland is a strong nominee with decades of experience on the bench. My Republican colleagues have called Judge Garland a ‘consensus nominee’ and said that there is ‘no question’ he could be confirmed. Refusing to hold hearings on the president’s nominee would be unprecedented.” (Josh Voorhees and Leon Neyfakh, “How Washington and Everyone Else Is Reacting to President Obama’s SCOTUS Pick,” Slate, 3/16/16)

Harris Said That President Trump’s List Of Potential Supreme Court Nominees Are “Complete Non-Starters” And Has Called For Judge Kavanaugh’s Hearings To Be Delayed

In June 2018, Harris Claimed That President Trump’s List Of Potential SCOTUS Nominees Are “Complete Non-Starters.” “We've already seen the President's list of potential SCOTUS nominees. They are complete non-starters. The American people deserve a Supreme Court justice who will fight to protect their rights, not conservative ideologues. #ditchthelist.” (Sen. Kamala Harris, Twitter Feed, 6/27/18)

Harris Has Called For The Senate To “Delay Any Hearings On Trump’s Nominee Until After The November Midterms.” “Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Kamala Harris have called for the Senate to delay any hearings on Trump’s nominee until after the November midterms, when Democrats have at least a chance to pick up enough seats to block a justice’s confirmation.”(Casey Tolan, “California Democrats Gear Up For Supreme Court Battle Over Anthony Kennedy Successor,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, 6/27/18)

Harris Claimed She Would “Play Hardball” In An Interview With Chris Matthews On MSNBC. MSNBC’s CHRIS MATTHEWS: “Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader said no to Barack Obama’s pick Merrick Garland for the whole year. So I’m going to go and talk for the guy. I’m not going to have hearings. I’m going to let me and my people talk to him and he won because no you have got Neil Gorsuch. Are you guys going to play HARDBALL this time and say we are not going to let you pass this? You are not going to rush this through as in a few month before Election Day?” SEN. HARRIS: “Based on every conversation I have had with my colleagues so far this afternoon, everybody is prepared to play HARDBALL.”(MSNBC’s, “Hardball,” 6/27/18)

In 2016, Harris Claimed That “Refusal By The Senate To Even Consider” A Supreme Court Nomination Would Be “An Unprecedented Abdication Of Constitutional Duty, And Maintaining A Vacancy On The Court For Many Months Would Create An Enormous Void And Uncertainty For Our Justice System.” “Judge Merrick Garland is a well-qualified legal mind, and the Senate should swiftly take up his nomination. Refusal by the Senate to even consider his nomination would be an unprecedented abdication of constitutional duty, and maintaining a vacancy on the court for many months would create an enormous void and uncertainty for our justice system.” (Press Release, “Statement Of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris On President Obama’s Nomination To The U.S. Supreme Court,” California Democratic Party, 3/16/16)

IN THE PAST, 2020 DEMOCRATS HAVE RECOGNIZED THAT “ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES” AND THE PRESIDENT’S NOMINEES SHOULD RECEIVE FAIR HEARINGS

Senators Sanders And Booker Have Stated That “Elections Have Consequences”

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Has Criticized Republican Obstructionism In The Past And Argued Democrats Won The Election And Should Be Allowed To Pursue And Implement Policies.” SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): “But I think what we have seen in the past is a level of obstructionism on the part of Republicans who said, hey, it’s either my way or the highway. You know, elections have consequences. Democrats won a strong victory, the president won big.” (CSPAN’s “Washington Journal,” 11/15/12)

Sanders Argued, “The President Has The Right To Nominate Whoever He Wants,” And Called Obstruction Of The President’s Nominee “Absolutely Wrong.” SANDERS: “No, no, based on what you just told me and what we know to be the case. What I have said, is, you know, the president has the right to nominate whoever he wants, and I will support that nomination. What Republicans continue to do is obstruct, obstruct, obstruct and that is absolutely wrong.” (“Bernie Sanders The Young Turks Interview (Full),” The Young Turks, 3/23/16)

In 2016, Booker Acknowledged That “Elections Have Consequences.” SENATOR CORY BOOKER (D-NJ): “Elections have consequences and we all need to understand that. And so, I don't care about Obama coalition. Name it whatever you want.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 11/13/16)

During A Quorum Call, Booker Said That “Americans Have Already Had Their Say By Electing 100 Senators To Hold A Hearing And Electing Obama To Serve Eight Years As President” Which Entrusted The Current Members The Duty To Do Their Jobs. “According to Booker however, Americans have already had their say by electing 100 senators to hold a hearing and electing Obama to serve eight years as president. ‘The people have already decided,’ said Booker during the quorum call. ‘They decided when they voted for a hundred members that we should do our jobs. They decided when they voted for president Obama. The people decided in the democracy when they elected us.’” (Alyana Alfaro, “Booker Pleads With Senate To Give Judge Garland A Hearing,” The Guardian, 3/17/16)

In 2016, The 2020 Democrats Argued The U.S. Supreme Court Needs Nine Justices And The Senate Should Do It’s Job To Confirm A Nominee From The President

In June 2016, Warren Criticized Senate Republicans For Being Willing To “Leave Our Highest Court Short-Handed for Nearly A Year.” “The idea that Senate Republicans are willing to leave our highest court short-handed for nearly a year seems shocking. But the fact is that, for more than seven years, they have waged an unrelenting campaign to keep key positions throughout government empty," Senator Warren said. "This report documents the long history of Republican obstruction of Obama administration nominees -- a story that started at the very beginning of Obama's presidency. Instead of preventing government from functioning properly, Republicans should do the job the American people sent us here to do by giving the president's nominees fair consideration.” (Press Release, “Senator Elizabeth Warren Releases Report Detailing GOP’s Extremist Record of Obstructing Key Obama Nominees,” Sen. Elizabeth, Warren, 6/6/16)

Warren Called On Fellow Senators To “Do Your Job, Vote For A Supreme Court Nominee.” SENATOR WARREN: “Do your job, vote for a Supreme Court nominee. Do your job, vote for District Court judges and Circuit Court judges. Do your job, vote on Ambassadors. Do your job, vote on agency leaders and counter-terrorism official. If you want to stop extremism in your party, you can start by showing the American people that you respect the President of the United States and the Constitution enough to do your job right here in the United States Senate.” (Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Remarks On The Senate Floor, Washington, D.C., 3/9/16)

Sanders Said, “The Supreme Court Of The United States Has Nine Members, Not Eight,” And Stressed That The Court Needed “That Ninth Member.” SENATOR SANDERS: “The Supreme Court of the United States has nine members, not eight. We need that ninth member.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 2/14/16)

Booker Claimed That “Leaving A Supreme Court Seat Indefinitely Vacant Is A Disservice To The American People,” And That He Would Be “Deeply Disappointed” If The Senate Put Politics First And Refused To Confirm A Qualified Nominee. “I will join with many Americans in being deeply disappointed if this body puts politics first and refuses to confirm what I presume will be a highly qualified nominee because some are holding out for a new president to be sworn in next year. Leaving a Supreme Court seat indefinitely vacant is a disservice to the American people, sending an unfortunate message that the Senate is unwilling to attend to its most basic responsibilities and leaving justice hanging in the balance for those depending on the Court to answer the most difficult questions of law we face.” (“Where The Senate Stands On Nominating Scalia’s Supreme Court Successor,” The New York Times, 2/17/16)

In A Press Release, Booker Said The Senate Must Do Its Job “To Provide Advice And Consent, And Swiftly Schedule Hearings, Debate, And An Up-Or-Down Vote.” “‘Chief Judge Merrick Garland is a highly respected jurist with a distinguished record of service to our country that has earned the support and admiration of Republicans and Democrats alike. The Senate has no excuse to ignore, blockade, or stonewall consideration of this nominee. I look forward to reviewing Chief Judge Garland’s record and meeting with him in the weeks ahead. My Senate colleagues must fulfill their constitutional duty and do the same. The Senate must do its job to provide advice and consent, and swiftly schedule hearings, debate, and an up-or-down vote.’” (Press Release, “Booker Statement On Nomination Of Chief Judge Merrick Garland To The Supreme Court Of The United States,” Sen. Cory Booker, 3/16/16)

After Meeting With Supreme Court Nominee Judge Garland, Gillibrand Urged Her Senate Colleagues To Vote For His Confirmation Saying That “The Issues Before The Supreme Court Are Too Important To Go Months With A Vacancy On The Bench.” “U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement after meeting with President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland: ‘After meeting with Judge Merrick Garland, it is clear he is highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. I urge all my colleagues to meet with him and assess his qualifications, hold hearings and vote on his confirmation. The issues before the Supreme Court are too important to go months with a vacancy on the bench.’” (Press Release, “Gillibrand Statement On Meeting With Supreme Court Nominee Judge Merrick Garland,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, 3/30/16)

Gillibrand Said “I Think The Senate Should Do Its Job And Should Vote On This Nominee, So We Can Have A Full Complement Of Justices Making Decisions.” “Gillibrand did her part to keep up pressure on Republican senators to hold hearings and vote. ‘We've already seen without the ninth justice, we're having 4-4 decisions on issues of major importance to America,’ she said, referring to a pair of recent 4-4 ties in cases involving union rights and whether spouses can be held as guarantors for bank loans. ‘So I think the Senate should do its job and should vote on this nominee, so we can have a full complement of justices making decisions that it's their job to do.’” (Dan Freedman, “Gillibrand Talks Up Merrick,” The Times-Union (Albany, NY), 3/30/16)

 


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